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Kia Rondo Failure of AC Compressor Clutch

Kia Rondo Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2007, 2008, 2009

Average Mileage: 76,755 mi (10,000 mi - 150,000 mi)


A defective AC compressor clutch assembly can cause excessive noise or vibration when the air conditioning is on. Improved parts are available. Replacing the faulty clutch assembly does not necessitate replacement of the complete AC compressor or evacuation and recharging of the air conditioning system.

  • Visitor, , 64,000 mi

    The A/C just stopped working. The warranty supposedly ran out at 60,000 miles. Compressors run over 800.00 from the dealer. I am sooooooooooo angry. Why would Kia not fix this in a recall?

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  • Visitor,

    This is the 2nd Kia
    Rondo 2009, I have had and this will be my last Kia as their 100,000 mile warrant is a bunch of crap. If you buy the car 2nd hand it only goes to 60,000 miles, unlike other car manufacturers that honor their warranty. It should tell us something. I HAD THE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE OTHER 2009 KIA RONDO 9 (WHICH I TOTALED AFTER I HAD IT REPAIRED AND A NEW AC COMPRESSOR INSTALLED)THE MILEAGE WAS BETWEEN 80000 AND 85,000, now I have around 84000 on the 2nd one and same problem and it started around 82000, we contacted Kia and they told us they knew of no such problems. I think they are lying and I do not plan on buying another KIa EVER!!! AS THEY DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT!!

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  • Visitor, , 82,000 mi

    A/C blew cold, then warm, then cold rotating for a couple of weeks, then went to straight warm.
    Pressure is good, and system is at right charge level, no noise, but no cold air either.

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  • Visitor, , 10,000 mi

    For a long time I would hear a noise coming from my ac when turned on. The noise was not too bad so I didnt think much of it. Until recently I went from having cold ac to hot air in a day. Plus, the noise became extremely loud;then the burning smell. The kicker was when I was parked and it just stopped cranking. Now I have been told it will cost about 1000
    bucks. Is there anything kia corp. willing to do to help with these expenses??

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  • Visitor, , 73,438 mi

    A/c still works but is making a whining sound when the clutch is engaged

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  • Visitor, , 66,000 mi

    My AC started going out last Summer. It went on when you initially started the car and would stay on. But when you stoped the Car for anything, such as a quick trip into the convience store it would not go on again unless the car was parked for hours. Then it went out completely, just blowing hot air. I always heard a small rattle when the AC was on, but thought it was normal. I did not get it fixed last year since Fall was approaching. When I took it to Firestone they said it was an electrical problem in the compressor and the compressor needed to be replaced for 1,180 dollars. They too thought that was rediculous and suggested I get other estimates. It is 90 degrees again now in Albuquerque, so today it is at the KIA dealer for a recall of another part, so while it is there I am paying 49 dollars for them to look into the AC and give me an estimate. That should be interesting. This should be a recall, because it appears to be a big problem for a lot of late 2000 model KIA vehicles. I am very annoyed. I think I will call corporate. That worked for me once with a Ford Focus. Got the bill down from 490 to 162.

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  •  Rookie

    The dealership has told me the whole air compressor has to be replaced. My car makes a whining sound and continues whether the air is on or not.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    used the A/C for the first time after purchasing the vehicle in Feb. very warm March...2 weeks after 30 day warranty expired...the A/C is blowing warm air.

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    Morning - A/C goes ON fine. After parking it would not engage again, sometimes for the rest of the day.

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  • Visitor, , 67,000 mi

    Compressor made knocking noises and when taken into the dealer they said it was normal, warranty expired and so di compressor, replaced with upgraded unit and lines out of pocket not happy at all.

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